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Languages and Curriculum for Excellence

For most children in Scotland, the learning of an additional language begins in primary school and in some cases earlier. With the implementation of Scottish Government’s Language Learning in Scotland: a 1+2 approach many schools are already teaching an additional language from primary 1 and are working towards the introduction of a second language from primary 5.

In secondary schools, it is the entitlement of every young person to learn a language to at least the 3rd level, which for most learners will mean to the end of S3.

In the senior phase, there should be a range of language options at different levels so that all learners can continue to develop their skills and achieve national qualifications.

Learning and Teaching - key features
  • Real communication in relevant contexts, supported by ICT
  • A renewed emphasis on how languages work, including grammar
  • Maximum use of the language in the classroom
  • An increased focus on culture and international education
  • Language learning across the curriculum

For more information on ‘A 1+2 Approach to Language Learning’ visit the 1+2 section of our website.

For more information on Languages and Curriculum for Excellence visit the Education Scotland website

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